Feel like classing up your weekend catch ups? Maybe those store-bought scones in the office just aren’t cutting it when it comes to afternoon tea? Well, prepare to feel like a modern-day Marie Antoinette with a bevy of ribbon sandwiches, delicately decorated desserts and all of the tea (or champagne) your heart desires. Just sashay on over to one of Brisbane’s best high tea establishments and don’t forget to lift those pinkies.
If painting your own panna cotta and indulging in art-themed decadent dishes sounds like your cup of tea, then the W Brisbane has the ideal experience for you. Their new art-inspired Eat Your Art Out High Tea available from Friday to Sunday from 10am–4pm combines creativity and indulgence, letting guests put their artistic abilities to the test with paint-your-own panna cottas, before satisfying their sweet tooth and savoury cravings with themed delights like cherry chocolate profiteroles, Valrhona chocolate mousse tart, warm confit duck pies and lobster tarts. Bonus, it all comes in a totally ‘grammable W-shaped tower. Top it off with themed cocktails like the Oh My Goma vodka cocktail with an edible art print and you’ve got yourself the ultimate, art-lovers day in.
Dandelion & Driftwood
Dandelion & Driftwood have always known how to put on a good high tea, so we’re stoked they’re back in Hendra with a new cafe where we can enjoy it. Using their own well-love signature recipes, D & D’s delicate three-tiered high tea stands come filled with sweet and savoury delights, from fluffy scones with jam and cream to ribbon sandwiches and pretty cupcakes. Bonus, if you want something a little harder than tea, you can pair your feast with champagne or rose instead.
Patina By Customs House
The Champagne High Tea Party at Customs House is fit for a queen. Complete with the most fantastic views of the Story Bridge, this heritage-listed icon knows how to do ribbon sandwiches, handcrafted petit fours and vintage Champagne with aplomb.
Carindale and Indooroopilly
A casual suburban high tea more your style? Dessert café Passiontree Velvet has locations at both Carindale and Indooroopilly. If you’ve been hitting the shops all day and those 3pm sugar cravings hit, high tail it to Passiontree for some of their handmade chocolates and pastries. With an internationally trained Belgium chocolatier and highly skilled pastry chef on board, you won’t second guess these shopping centre high tea connoisseurs.
Did someone say gluten-free high tea? Covent Garden’s entire menu is coeliac-friendly, a status which extends to their high tea offering. And it gets better—their spread of sweet and savoury canapes come paired with a gin and tea cocktail, or a G&Tea, if you will. All this in a stunning, botanical-inspired venue with an outdoor courtyard? Book us in immediately thanks.
Room With Roses
Room With Roses, upstairs in the elegant Brisbane Arcade, is a Brisbane high tea heaven for traditionalists. Famed for their scones with jam and cream, not to mention their passionfruit sponge, it’s a beautiful spot to really relax and savour your surroundings.
Indulge in the wondrous creations of the pastry chef while sipping from a range of specialty teas and enjoying the view of the lush courtyard at Spicers Balfour in New Farm. On the menu, you'll find chocolate dipped seasonal fruit, Lindt choc chip cookies and smoked salmon brioche. Gather the girls already.
Belle Epoque gives the closest experience to a Parisian café that you will find stepping off the streets of Brisbane. Their high tea is an absolute crowd pleaser, with vegan, vegetarian, nut free and gluten free menus. We’re drooling over the signature macaron with hazelnut praline buttercream, and you can chase that down with their Spiced Persian love cake with marinated figs and cream. C’est magnifique!
If pastries in the shape of swans sound like something worth cruising into the city for, then Motion Dining at the Marriott has the high tea experience for you. Situated in their cosy dining room you can enjoy a glass of French champagne as you nibble at their traditional menu selections. Our favourites include the smoked salmon, cucumber and caper mayonnaise sandwiches and of course, the choux pastry swan with cream patisserie.
Stamford Plaza loves high tea so much they offer them in the morning and afternoon! With panoramic views of the Brisbane River there are plenty of high tea options to choose from, but we obsess over the Chocolate High Tea buffet featuring shaved, melted, solid and infused chocolate throughout the entire menu!
The high tea at The Lab is the kind of classic, English garden-worthy experience you’d expect from Treasury Brisbane—if you’re looking to take your nanna out for a treat, this is where to take her. Chef Steven Jones polished his high tea repertoire in his years working at five-star establishments in London, so you can expect good things. Your spread comes with bottomless pots of hand-crafted tea, but you can also upgrade to get two hours of Chandon sparkling wines while you nibble. Yes please.
You’ve heard of boozy brunch, now we present to you boozy high tea. Served in the eclectic and intimate cocktail garden at The Matriarch, you can get all of your high tea essentials such as sandwiches and scones… with a twist. That twist being a trio of cocktails to accompany your delectable sweet feast, including mixed berry, cherry and apple based gin cocktails. Scrumptious.
If you feel like making the trek out of Brisbane, we recommend heading north for thirty-five minutes until you get to Reid’s Place in the seaside town of Scarborough. If you’re wanting to make an afternoon out of your high tea this is the place for you, not only are the traditional high tea goodies gorge-worthy but the house and gardens that make up the backdrop, allow you to live out your Secret Garden fantasies. Bring your camera and your best floral number, you’ll need it.
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Image credit: Dandelion & Driftwood, Covent Garden, Belle Epoque, Treasury Brisbane